New Noise, a brand new featured section on Far Out, will see a renewed focus on the realm of new music as we look at some of the emerging artists you need to start adding to your playlist. These are the artists looking to make 2021 the year in which they step out of their shadows, armed with an arsenal of material ready to get the recognition that they duly deserve.
The Lazy Eyes are the latest enchanting psychedelic band to emerge from Australia and are a group that needs to immediately be on your radar. Last year was both positive and negative for the group. On the one hand, they released EP1 in June. This debut was a statement of intent from The Lazy Eyes. They suddenly found an international fanbase who devoured the mesmerising sounds that bleed out of every pore of their first EP. On the other hand, there was a global pandemic that obliterated all of their touring plans.
The spine-tingling four-piece met when they were 16-years-old, and all were attending the same performing arts high school. This breeding ground allowed them to cut their teeth, and soon enough, they became one of the leading lights in the Sydney music scene with their jaw-dropping live shows.
Although 2020 wasn’t the perfect way they would have envisioned their ‘breakout year, as gigs were nearly impossible and the fans they were accruing internationally had no chance of seeing their new favourite band as the pandemic struck. The Aussies still used this time wisely to get their heads down and hone their craft even further, with their latest single, ‘Where’s My Brain?’.
The track is hypnotic and leaves you pining to hear more from the band, who look sure to endure an unforgettable year. Gigs are now back up and running in Australia, their EP2 is on the horizon, and things are looking up for The Lazy Eyes.
“It’s had its ups and downs, that’s for sure,” guitarist Itay Shachar says, reflecting to Far Out about their last twelve months. “We’ve been able to find the silver lining in it though, since it’s given us time to chip away at our recordings which we haven’t been able to get to for a long time. We had some exciting overseas travel lined up for last year, hopefully we’ll be able to tick off some of those bucket list moments in the near future.
“We’re really excited to get it out there,” Shachar optimistically notes about the upcoming release. “Kinda like the first EP, it’s been sitting around for a while. We definitely improved our mixing and producing skills when we were working on this EP. I remember that we did the bulk of it just as Covid first hit, so we had all the time in the world to focus, and so Harvey and I worked together for a month or two on it pretty tirelessly. That was our process, the two of us sat in my little home studio in Lindfield and layered parts on one by one. It gives some songs the feeling of a tapestry.”
Those months spent tirelessly working on the upcoming release have allowed The Lazy Eyes to develop their sound even further from their first release. Having nothing else to do apart from being in the studio has only helped enhance their sound. It’s not just a new EP that they’ve got lined-up, however. Next month sees the band headline the inaugural, Lazyfest at Sydney’s Mary’s Underground on March 27th.
“It’s surreal being able to play shows again,” Shachar says about returning to the stage. “It’s definitely a weird vibe playing to a seated audience too, because that’s what we enjoyed the most about playing in the past, the sweating and the moshing! We’re really grateful to be able to take our music back onto the road and get the ball rolling again. Lazyfest is a mini-fest we are hosting with the help of the ‘Play The City’ music grant. Basically, we are trying to create something that would get our past-selves really excited. It’s all-ages friendly and we’re gonna rock out with our friends Stevan and MAY-A.”
Australia’s psychedelic heritage is genuinely second to none, with groups like Pond, Tame Impala, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and The Psychedelic Porn Crumpets all having a decade to remember in the 2010s. Shachar says the reason why the country goes hand in hand with the genre so fittingly is that “we feel isolated from the rest of the world down here, or because of the subconscious influence of the beautiful nature, we’ll never know! We are always inspired by those great psychedelic acts that have come from Australia.”
Although those heavenly bands mentioned above have been influential to The Lazy Eyes, their inspirations draw far and wide. “There were a few records that we had on repeat that influenced the production in the second EP,” he notes. “‘Bon Voyage by Melody’s Echo Chamber really caught our attention at the time. Some of the production moments just blew our heads off. It inspired us to get creative and try layering lots of different sprinkles and experiment with new approaches in the music. There are a bunch of records that have influenced us on a bigger scale like Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips, which really captivated us. It sounds so grandiose but is also delicate and emotional at the core.”
That sense of having grandiose elements yet retaining a deep emotion within the music is an achievement hard to come by, but The Lazy Eyes so far have pulled it off. Last year was the stuff of nightmares for any emerging band, and now they have a new EP and are back touring their native Australia. Things look unstoppably bright. There’s no reason why their rise can’t continue and why The Lazy Eyes can’t become the next prominent Australian psychedelic export.